Graphic tablet manufacturer Wacom has just given birth to WILL - otherwise known as the Wacom Ink Layer Language.
Wacom announced on Wednesday that it has developed a standard abstract language for drawing and handwriting on the screens of mobile devices, laptops, or any digital device really. Wacom's WILL reads and records strokes in a consistent format whether the input is coming from a stylus, digital pen, or your finger. That means you can write notes or doodle pictures or scribble directions on any device with precise accuracy and touch sensitivity.
There's also a software development kit and application programming interface coming for developers and manufacturers, because Wacom wants them to include WILL into all sorts of apps and machines. In fact, apart from note taking, idea sharing, and group collaboration, Wacom claimed WILL creates an "unlimited canvas space for global brainstorming, collaboration and project management". That means Wacom is looking beyond consumers to enterprise.
WILL also includes metadata integration beneath screens, meaning it is capable of offering security certificates or other useful data for collaboration. In a nutshell: WILL is a seamless digital-inking experience compatible with every mobile device and ecosystem, and Wacom hopes it'll bring "human creativity to the hands of people in the digital age".
Wacom is the premiere choice for graphic artists and digital professionals when it comes to tablets and pens for creative uses, so it's very plausible that Wacom's WILL technology is indeed capable of everything it claims. So, starting in March, Wacom plans to distribute WILL's SDKs for iOS, Android, Mac OS, and Windows, as well as for browsers and cloud platforms. If you'd like to see what else WILL can do, check out the video above.